First Eurovision winner Lys Assia enters Swiss selection

First Eurovision winner Lys Assia enters Swiss selection
Lys Assia to have another go for Switzerland? Photo: Indrek Galetin (EBU)
Basel, Switzerland -

Lys Assia, the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956, has entered a song for the national selection of Switzerland. Will she be back in 2012?

The grand old lady of Europe's favourite TV-show, Lys Assia has teamed up with the composer that has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest the most times - Ralph Siegel.

She has submitted a song named C'Etait Ma Vie to the internet selection part of the Swiss selection. You can listen to the song on the broadcaster's website.

Assia has expressed her interest to take part again in the Eurovision Song Contest to Eurovision.tv as well in an interview in Oslo. Also, check out our latest interview with her below!

In the Swiss national final, a total of fourteen entrants will battle for the ticket to Baku, six out of which will be chosen through an internet pre-selection. From September 1st till September 30th, artists can upload their songs, and a 50/50 mix of internet voting and the verdict of an expert jury will decide on the finalists.

An additional two finalists will be nominated by the Italian-language public broadcaster RSI, and a call for entries has been issued just recently. No further details on the mode of selection have been published yet.

The French-language public broadcaster, RTS, has the right to appoint three finalists to the national final, and the rules of the competition have been published on the RTS website.

Entries can be submitted until September 30th, then a jury will narrow down the number of entries to ten. Those ten entries will be put on heavy rotation on the radio and TV channels of RTS between October 20th and 30th, and in the end, the three finalists will be selected by a 50/50 combination of public and jury voting.

Apart from that, the German language radio channel DRS 3 has three spots in the national final, but no news have been published on how the representatives will be chosen.

Lys Assia won the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 with her song Refrain but failed to defend her title the year after. She's also been a prominent guest at Europe's favourite TV-show the past years.


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  • Posted on 16 December 2011 at 17:10
    For god's sake: What a lot of bull! This "grand old lady" is well and truly past her use-by date. - Just get used to it and make room for younger people.
    And, wearing fancy fur coats (for which dozens of innocent animals died) in every second publicity shot certainly doesn't make her very popular with me either.
    Just go away... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 November 2011 at 21:08
  • Posted on 3 October 2011 at 18:06
    Good Luck Lys report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 23:38
    Vive le vintage! Yes, Lyss for victory in 2012. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 23:34
    She would be a great person to represnt Switzerland but in order for her to go through the final is comming first in the Jury votes because televoting will keep her away from the final report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 21:14
    i wish her good luck :) Maybe she can take part again, because she is a great singer and she has a great song for the Qualifying ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 20:59
    Concours Eurovision de la Chanson 2013 et eu lieu à Suisse! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 19:05
    Why not. Lys can sing and she looks fabulous on stage. I like the song. Great idea!

    As we've seen this year the juries voting most for the ballads - she has as chance. The only dangerous thing is the public voting - but okay this is eurovision of the new century.

    Good luck to her! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 18:47
    She still has a great voice for her age. I can't believe that she's 85! She has a song that still take my breath away! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 15:21
    I hope to see her in Baku. Her song is very nice too!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 September 2011 at 03:21
    it would be cool to see her again for baku, come on switzerland help her get to the eurovision stage again! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 September 2011 at 23:39
    when i heard this song right now for the very first time i fell in love with it and i am 20 years old and this is not my type of music but the song is amazing i hope she win the preselection on her nation and goes to the final although like i said before this is a risky song because we have enter an a era where young people would love to hear song that is r&b rap hip hop or pop music and they dont like these kind of song but this song is classic, original and etc and i hope switzerland get a good spot Lys assia i know you can get switzerland third victory you deserve it:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 September 2011 at 23:07
    Its really nice come back ;) Hope she will win preselections ;)

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  • Posted on 29 September 2011 at 22:42
    You can listen to her song here: http://tinyurl.com/6k3rnvp report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 September 2011 at 21:04
    Why Shouldn't she participate again in Eurovision? Welcome back "Grande Dame of Eurovision"! report to the moderator